Washington DC

United States

4th and Constitution Avenue NW

Phone: (202) 737-4215
Website: www.nga.gov

National Gallery Of Art, Washington

The National Gallery of Art, one of the world's preeminent museums, was created for the people of the United States of America by a joint resolution of Congress accepting the gift of financier, public servant, and art collector Andrew W. Mellon in 1937. See the Gallery history page to learn more.

European and American paintings, sculpture, works on paper, photographs, and decorative arts are displayed in the collection galleries and Sculpture Garden.

 Permanent Collection Highlights (15)

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Permanent Collection

The National Gallery of Art houses one of the finest collections in the world illustrating major achievements in painting, sculpture, decorative arts, and works on paper from the Middle Ages to the present. Records on all of the more than 110,000 objects and images of more than 6,000 objects in the collection are available online.

To search the entire collection please follow this link, http://www.nga.gov/search/index.shtm

Sculpture Galleries: Permanent Collection
West Building, Ground Floor

Armand Hammer Collection
Italian Drawings from the Hammer Collection
West Building, Ground Floor

Dutch Cabinet Galleries
West Building, Main Floor

Italian Cabinet Galleries
West Building, Main Floor

Shaw Memorial
Off view March 1, 2007–March 1, 2009

Small French Paintings
East Building, Ground Level

Mark Rothko: The Mural Projects
East Building, Concourse

Sol LeWitt: Wall Drawing #65
East Building, Concourse

Mel Bochner: Theory of Boundries (1969–1970)
East Building, Concourse Gallery 29F

Andy Goldsworthy: Roof
East Building, Ground Level

Alexander Calder mobile
East Building, Ground Gallery 100 Ceiling

Henri Matisse, Cutouts
East Building, Tower

National Gallery Sculpture Garden
7th Street and Constitution Avenue
On the National Mall

Previous Exhibitions



Admission is free.

Opening hours

The National Gallery of Art, located on the National Mall between 3rd and 7th Streets at Constitution Avenue NW, is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Gallery is closed on December 25 and January 1.

Museum internal and external photos (3)

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News and events

To obtain a free bimonthly calendar of events by mail, call (202) 842-6662, or contact us by e-mail at calendar@nga.gov.


For information on teaching resources, teacher, school and family programs, internships, fellowships and volunteer opportunities please see, http://www.nga.gov/education/index.shtm


Museum visits for students:

-Introduce and cultivate skills for looking at art
-Promote learning about works of art
-Connect to curriculum subjects
-May be designed around special topics
-Are always free!

Gallery docents use an interactive, inquiry-based approach to engage students at many levels of learning and interest. Museum visits include in-depth study of between four and six works of art and are designed to help students become familiar with and comfortable in the museum setting.

Preparatory materials are available for tours, except where noted.


The National Gallery of Art owns the only painting by Leonardo da Vinci in the Western Hemisphere. Every work of art in the Gallery's collection is the result of private philanthropy. The Gallery is among the most highly attended museums in the United States.

The National Gallery of Art looks to friends to help make its renowned collection and related programs accessible to a worldwide audience. Your gift allows you to enjoy a rewarding relationship with the Gallery while helping to sustain vital activities, such as:

-art acquisition
-special exhibitions
-educational outreach programs
-scholarship and research activities

Learn how you can become involved in the Gallery.